Music Video Director to Helm Nightmare on Elm Street Remake

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On the heels of yesterday’s, “Yes, we really are remaking ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’” news, New Line and Platinum Dunes have officially announced that they’ve tapped music video director Samuel Bayer to make his feature film directorial debut with the remake. Some of Bayer’s more famous music videos include Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Blind Melon’s “No Rain”. If those qualifications aren’t enough to convince you he could do a decent job remaking Freddy and his nightmares, then tough cookies. The remake, it’s said, will take its cues from the original, as Freddy is re-introduced to the masses by offing teens, preferably in the throes of horny teen sex.

And for those still holding out hope that original Freddy Robert Englund will reprise the role, it’s a big time No. THR says this:

Next up for the project is the casting of Krueger. While Internet rumors have swirled about the casting, about the only sure thing is that Robert Englund, who played Krueger in the franchise’s original go-round, won’t reprise his role.

Frankly, I don’t see why he couldn’t come back if he wanted to. Freddy is practically covered in pancake throughout the movies anyway, so it’s not like you could tell the man underneath it is not as young as he used to be. Plus, if they needed Freddy to do flips and what have you, that’s the reason God invented stuntmen.

Anyways, this official announcement of the remake comes 25 years after the original first hit theaters in 1984. Nice timing, guys.

Below: Director Samuel Bayer is really excited to make his feature film debut. No, really. He’s real excited on the inside.

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  • freddy krueger forever

    Haven’t heard of Nirvana or Blind Melon but I’m looking forward to the remake. Try Doug Jones as Freddy.

  • freddy krueger forever

    Haven’t heard of Nirvana or Blind Melon but I’m looking forward to the remake. Try Doug Jones as Freddy.

  • Nova-Osiris

    This remake is crap.
    This new director fails horribly if he thinks recasting Fred Krueger is actually a good thing for the new film.

    If Robert Englund isn’t Freddy Krueger then fuck this shit.
    I’ve stood around while other movies got shit-bucket remakes but his just disgusts me.

    Hell no.
    I mean seriously.. Robert Englund is a great actor and knows Freddy better than anyone. Hell he is one of ONLY two actors to have portrayed the same horror character eight consecutive times and the only person to ever done the Freddy Krueger guise in all of the movies.

    Englund knows Freddy inside and out and has numerously stated how well he connected with the character and the success gained since his initial debut as the Burned alive Child Killer.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street without Robert Englund = Shit floating in water.

  • Nova-Osiris

    This remake is crap.
    This new director fails horribly if he thinks recasting Fred Krueger is actually a good thing for the new film.

    If Robert Englund isn’t Freddy Krueger then fuck this shit.
    I’ve stood around while other movies got shit-bucket remakes but his just disgusts me.

    Hell no.
    I mean seriously.. Robert Englund is a great actor and knows Freddy better than anyone. Hell he is one of ONLY two actors to have portrayed the same horror character eight consecutive times and the only person to ever done the Freddy Krueger guise in all of the movies.

    Englund knows Freddy inside and out and has numerously stated how well he connected with the character and the success gained since his initial debut as the Burned alive Child Killer.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street without Robert Englund = Shit floating in water.